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As we all experience this next school year together, we will rely on experts, colleagues, and community partners to ensure the best experience for our students, staff, and entire community.

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Return to Learn FAMILY PLEDGE

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a worldwide pandemic, calls for us to work together to ensure the health and safety of our community. We need your help, support, and encouragement as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times.  

 

To ensure the health, safety, and wellness of our school community and to ensure all students have access to a high-quality education, we ask that you read the following expectations. You are our partners in education and your support of these protocols and expectations will help keep our entire community safe and engaged.  

In Person Instruction Expectations

Masks

  • Support your child(ren)’s use of a mask. 

  • Masks are required for all students K-12.

  • Masks must be worn by all students in classrooms, on the bus, hallways, bathrooms, and common areas.

  • Masks need to be dress code compliant.

COVID-19 Contact

  • Confirm that your child has not been in contact with someone who has either tested positive in the past 14 days or is waiting for test results. If your child has been in contact, please keep them at home. 

Hygiene

  • Teach your child(ren) proper hygiene practices and practice often, including washing hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. 

  • Sneezing and coughing in elbow. 

Let Us Know

  • Inform your child(ren)’s school if they test positive. If they test positive, you will be asked to follow Oakland County Health Department guidelines which may include quarantining until it is safe to return. 
     

Health & Safety

  • Review the health and safety protocols and the seriousness of COVID-19 with your child and encourage your child’s compliance with the protocols.  

  • Encourage your child(ren) to follow social distancing whenever possible. 

  • Minimize the time your child(ren) arrive at school and are picked up after school.
     

Staying Healthy

  • Perform daily temperature checks on your child(ren) to screen for a fever before leaving for school. Fever is defined by the CDC as a temperature over 100.3 ℉ or 38 ℃.  

  • If your child(ren) has a fever, please keep them at home until they are fever free without medication for at least 24 hours. If needed, the district may screen your child for a fever.  

  • Check your child(ren) for signs of illness daily

  • Promptly pick your child(ren) up or arrange for pick up from school if signs of symptoms of illness arise during the school day.

Online Learning Expectations for Remote/Distance Learning

Frequently asked questions

How were these plans developed?


In the spring of 2020, the district formed a steering committee to explore options and opportunities for the fall of 2020. First, the steering committee met with districts around the globe. From South Korea to Denmark, Israel to districts across the US, Bloomfield Hills Schools left no stone unturned. Learning from schools who had already opened, were poised to open soon, or were formulating their own plans for the fall, was an important step in formulating the district's reopening plan for the fall.




Will special education and 504 services be provided as part of Bloomfield Virtual?


Students who select Bloomfield Virtual must commit for a semester or year. We anticipate all IEPs and 504s will be followed as written, including accommodations, programs and services, understanding that some IEPs and 504s may need to be adjusted based on individual needs. Based upon enrollment, a virtual special education teacher will be assigned to support students with IEPs in the general education curriculum utilizing small group instruction. Students who receive special education programs and services within ARP/FRP/DHH/SEED/PREP or Wing Lake will have their instruction delivered directly by a special education teacher. Ancillary services will also be provided virtually by Bloomfield Hills staff including speech, OT, PT, Social Work and ASL.




What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?


The district has a protocol for positive and suspected cases that aligns with Oakland County Health Division and their guidance. The student or staff member is immediately removed from the school population and must quarantine for an extended period of time (usually more than 10 days). The length of quarantine time and requirements of the individual depend on the particular circumstances of the case. If you suspect you or your child may have COVID-19, please contact the school building immediately so we can provide support.




Will viritual and in-person curriculum be consistent across the district?


Yes. The curriculum is the BHS curriculum. Virtual, in-person, and distance learning will all cover the same material. As is the nature of different instructional methods, students may not be on the same lesson or approach the content exactly the same way.




Will virtual elementary students be assigned to a class for the year?


Yes. One teacher and one class will be assigned for the elementary grades.




Will latchkey be offered with In-Person learning?


The goal is for latchkey to be offered at some point during the 2020-2021 school year. This may look quite different from before, and masks will most likely be required as the latchkey group will be a mixed cohort. As soon as we are able to offer a latchkey program, information will be communicated to families.




Will school enrichment be offered with In-Person learning?


We are offering as many enrichment opportunities as possible, based on the recommendations for cleaning and other protocols provided by the Oakland County Health Division. We may not be able to offer all opportunities throughout the year, but will offer as many as possible.




Will there be busing for in person learning? What precautions will be taken?


Transportation is available for all in-person students and we are meeting or exceeding the requirements set forth by the Michigan Safe Schools Roadmap which states:
-Require the use of hand sanitizer before entering the bus. Hand sanitizer must be supplied on the bus.
-The bus driver, staff, and all students in grades preK-12, if medically feasible, must wear facial coverings while on the bus.
-Clean and disinfect transportation vehicles before and after every transit route. Children must not be present when a vehicle is being cleaned.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the vehicle (e.g., surfaces in the driver’s cockpit, hard seats, arm rests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, doors and windows, and grab handles) prior to morning routes and prior to afternoon routes.
-Clean, sanitize, and disinfect equipment including items such as car seats, wheelchairs, walkers, and adaptive equipment being transported to schools daily.
-Create a plan for getting students home safely if they are not allowed to board the vehicle. -Weather permitting, keep doors and windows open when cleaning the vehicle and between trips to let the vehicles thoroughly air out.
-Weather permitting, consider keeping windows open while the vehicle is in motion to help reduce spread of the virus by increasing air circulation, if appropriate and safe.




For middle and high school, will students be changing classrooms?


The students are changing classrooms (as there are numerous options for students). All secondary schools (6th-grade and up) require one-way traffic in hallways, no lockers, and 3 feet of space in the classrooms while wearing masks.





Be Prepared

During synchronous (live online instruction), help your child(ren) to be ready for learning. 

  • Know their logins and passwords (create a small card as a visual reminder if needed).

  • Ensure devices are fully charged.

  • Login a few minutes early.  

  • Have all materials ready.

  • Limit distractions. 

  • Establish a quiet area. 

  • Do not eat or drink. 

  • Keep other devices off during learning.  

  • Be respectful of others during learning.  
     

Stay Engaged

  • Check classroom platforms regularly (Canvas or Google Classroom).

  • Help your child create a daily schedule in order to be successful.

  • Complete and turn in assignments on time. 

  • Contact teacher(s) for help if needed. 

  • Treat district-issued devices with care.  

     

Teenage Students Raising Hands

The Blended models were created to be used as needed. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests in-person teaching and learning as a priority and the use of a Blended model is helpful in allowing students to return with safety in mind.

Board of Education Updates

Students Helping Out

Elementary Connect

BHS 2018 alumni, Benny Fellows and Ari Singer, have started ElementaryConnect to match first year college students that are staying home for the year with families who have young kids, providing a “mentor” for the virtual school day. 

Book Collection

9th graders Cameron Klein and Brooke Bugajewski are collecting books for Brillant Detroit.

Beaumont Toy Drive

Abby Chayet is raising money to help buy needed toys for the pediatric unit at Beaumont Royal Oak Hospital.

Project Porch Pantry

Started by BHHS student Andrew Zupancic, Project Porch Pantry connects households with food donations to Lighthouse of Oakland County.

Project STEM

IA sophomore, Robert Silaghi, recently created Project STEM to offering K-8 tutoring in math and science. 

Fundraiser Seeks to Help Homeless

BHHS 10th grader Kellen Fife and parent Steve Fife started an online fundraiser for Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

A Mask & A Meal

Dahlia El-Gamal, Sammy Hares, and Kai Yanke are hosting a fundraiser to raise funds for a mask and meal for families in need.

Virtual Face Mask Drive

BuildOn and Mediumize are collecting homemade face masks to donate. Learn how to make a 1-minute no-sew face mask and how you can donate them.

Virtual Babysitters

Noah Yaker and Noah Roslin co-founded Big Buddies of Bloomfield, a service geared toward helping parents keep their elementary school-age children productively occupied.

Helping Hands Tutoring

Helping Hands: A Students for Students Movement and BH Student Leadership have organized a free tutoring service for students to use if they need help with their homework or content.

Mediumize Delivery

Jonah Liss, an 11th grade student from IA, started a volunteer-based grocery delivery service, Mediumize. The service encompasses 45 cities in and out of Michigan with 100+ volunteers.

 
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American Academy of Pediatrics

COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry

The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This, in turn, places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and, in some cases, mortality. Beyond the educational impact and social impact of school closures, there has been substantial impact on food security and physical activity for children and families.